Five easy ways to shift from Stress Response into Relaxation Response

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What is a Stress Response?

Its a combination of the activation;

Hypothalamus, Pituitary Adrenal axis (HPA) & Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)


Deactivating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS).

In simple words triggering the Fight/Flight/Freeze response.

 You know the feeling;

  • Heart racing
  • Blood pressure and heart rate high
  • Wired, anxious and on high alert
  • Tight chest, breathlessness.
  • Tummy tense

What is a Relaxation response?

Easy the body naturally getting back into balance, deactivating HPA,SNS and activating the PNS( rest & digest)
Allow rest to restore and recuperate from the harmful effects of stress,

  • Reduce heart rate, BP, slow breathing, 
  • Regain a natural ability to cope with stress, 
  • Reduces Limbic system arousal ( process our emotions),
  • Relaxed wakefulness and awareness,
  • Improves immune, digestion, concentration, thought processes and creativity.
  • Relaxes muscle tension 
  • Regulates stress response.

5 Easy Ways to create a relaxation response in your Body

  1. Meditation – grounding
  2. Mindfulness meditation – walking, breathing
  3. Love, trust ,expecting good
  4. Being in Nature
  5. Heart centred process

I am sure that you are aware of and enjoy some of these ways to relax already. Hopefully this post is a gentle loving reminder about the benefits of relaxation.

I offer 1:1 sessions if you would like a quick reset of your nervous system an to get out of survival mode.

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